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1998 jeep grand cherokee lmtd. rear hatch lock.... the small arm that hooks into the hole on the cylinder/latch is loose and will not stay in position. is there supposed to be some sort of a fitting to hold it in place?

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Sometime these arms are threaded. Is so you lost the nut. If not then there is a lock washer that is supposed to be on it. I hope this helps out.

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